Remembering USA with John Gibson
When John Gibson, Class of '71, looks back at his days at South, he remembers going downtown to cheer on the Jaguar basketball team with his Sigma Nu brothers in the Mobile Municipal Auditorium (now called the Mobile Civic Center). He says that he can even tell you a few stories now that the statute of limitations has passed.
He also remembers the hours that students would spend playing bridge in the lounge on the second floor of the Administration Building. John can even still hear Dr. Bill Harkins discuss the legislative branch of government in a distinct Boston accent that sounded foreign to a young Mobile native, who literally grew up in his parents' A&M Peanut Shop on Dauphin Street. By the way, his sister Debbie still runs the family store. Look around next time you visit, you might even see a photo of a much younger John Gibson dressed as the iconic Mr. Peanut.
Those are fond memories that many of us share, but what Mr. Gibson treasures most about his time at the University of South Alabama is the impact that it has had on his life. His mentor, Dr. Bob Perkins, chair of the philosophy department, taught him to question everything. Dr. Perkins' eye-opening class inspired him to look at everything from a different perspective. Through his studies with history professor, Dr. Nagota, he came to understand that history wasn't just about learning the date of events but an opportunity to learn from the cause and effect of those events.
Gibson had always dreamed of going to law school. His experience at USA helped him to build a foundation to face the challenges in his future. John earned his bachelor's degree at USA in political science with a minor in business. He then went on to finish in the top third of his class at Emory University School of Law.
Mr. Gibson has practiced law in Georgia for 38 years and is the senior partner in the law firm of Gibson, Deal, Fletcher and Dunham, P.C. in Norcross, Georgia.
John knows the impact that USA has had on his life and proudly supports his alma mater by giving to the South Alabama Annual Fund each year. He believes that "if everyone who graduated would give a small amount each year, just $50 or $100, it would go a long way to support a school that put us where we are today."
Thank you, Mr. Gibson! Your support helps USA to continue to change the lives of students who follow in your footsteps.